Mayflower Porter | Mayflower Brewing Company

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
737 Ratings
Mayflower PorterMayflower Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
mayflowerbrewing.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DrDogbeer on 03-28-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
737
Reviews:
252
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.73%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
116
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 737 |  Reviews: 252
Photo of mwar
3.39/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dsonnyd
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Im4jojo
4.98/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of direwolf00
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucular
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ichorNet
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, one of the absolute best American-made porters I've ever had the opportunity to imbibe (and which I have done so frequently, I might add!), now available in cans. It's a beautiful time to be a New England craft beer fan, to be sure. Mayflower's outstanding porter makes a flawless jump to the aluminum playing field and I, for one, am glad to be supporting this new movement.

Pours a very deep brown with ruby highlights, bearing an interminable khaki head with mild, spotty lacing. Reduces to a half-finger after about ten minutes. Body is mostly translucent but bears slight edges of coloration if held up to particularly bright light. Absolutely gorgeous.

Nose is multifaceted with notes of candied pecans, roasty malts, coffee, cocoa powder, doughy yeast and bready, toffee-leaning malts. Absolutely a dark beer lover's dream, and at only 5.5%! Pinch me. Very light touch of diacetyl (to style) helps highlight some of the sweeter notes here, with some caramel tones coming through lightly. Can detect a very slight hint of herbal and grassy English hops as well, alongside a very slight peat smoke component, which comes from a small amount of peated malt added in the grist. Overall, this is definitely one of the best smelling dark beers I've ever had the pleasure of spending time with. And all this without any extra ingredients. Malt mastery at hand here!

Flavor is deep, dark, round and roasty with a lot of complex malt character coming out, especially if the beer is allowed to warm to nearly-room temperature. Alternating waves of nutty toffee, pecan, caramel, brown bread and herbal notes, the latter of which is likely due to utilization of Glacier hops. Both of the hops (Pilgrim and Glacier) used in this beer are dual-purpose varietals of very different acid profiles, allowing both to shine in their own way. I love the combination of herbal, woody, smoky and malty flavors here and consider this the high water mark of widely-distributed New England porter beer.

Feel is soft, round and supple with low-medium carbonation and a very smooth feel. This is about as close to nitro as you can get without actually getting there, and it's brilliant. Suits itself well to a can and to a Summer barbecue/bonfire or early-Autumn pig roast. Plan accordingly so you can get some sixers of this and host your own. This is legitimately one of the best dark beers made in New England, and it makes that statement without hype, as it's done so for about 8 years. Pure excellence!

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Photo of Hgonz22
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours deep brown, thin tan head disappears quickly, no lacing. Vbig roasty aroma, cocoa and mild coffee. Full flavor in this porter, deep bitter chocolate and coffee, mild char dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thin and slick. Overall very good porter.

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Photo of JratBones
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of parris
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtk21351
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mgauthier09
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ems_backpack
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueKurenai
4.93/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding example of the style. Wonderfully complex aroma of bitter chocolate and roasted coffee. Those can often be catch alls when describing Porter style beers, but in this case the bouquet really sings. There's a nice molasses note as well, bringing out more of that toasty dark malt character. I spent literally five entire minutes just smelling this before taking my first sip. Outstanding in that regard. Bready malt characteristics of pumpernickel and rye toast. Head was adequate for the style, nothing particularly noteworthy in the lacing department either. All in all though, so happy I finally found a few bottles of this and eagerly await my next drinking experience with this porter.

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Photo of FrontierSeldon
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rpjordan
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joekriii
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Malted Barley in Providence:

Appearance: super dark brown in body, with a massive light-brown head that sticks around FOREVER. Leaves tons and tons of lacing. Beautiful looking brew.

Aroma: toasty and roasty, with lots of malt character. Smells like a classic, English-style Porter, in contrast with the more boozy, heavy porters that fit tastebuds today.

Taste: again, it's lighter in flavor than most porters being brewed nowadays, but it is still very good. Lots of roastiness, a little sweet milk chocolate flavor. Dark, burnt bread notes, mixed with a little caramel.

Feel: lighter in body than some, and with light carbonation. Creamy feel on the palate.

Overall: this is a really good Porter. An excellent brew for any time of year, though especially fitting in the fall or winter.

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Photo of Shellynix
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a high alcohol content for a porter, but delicious nonetheless. Dark flavors, with a nice smooth finish.

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Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ghatz
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattycasey
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mayflower Porter from Mayflower Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 737 ratings.
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